§ Mr. Madden
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to make a decision on the application made by Mr. Mohammed Bhika, Ref. GV100/5063 and B468083, to enter the United Kingdom; when the application was referred to him; and when Mr. Bhika applied to enter the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Renton
Mr. Bhika applied on 4 January 1989, at the British deputy high commission in Bombay, to come here for employment as a minister of religion at the Surti Muslim Khalifa society, Bradford. On 6 January 1989 the entry clearance officer referred the application to the immigration and nationality department for a decision. Preliminary consideration has already been given to the case and further inquiries are under way. I expect a decision to be taken on the application shortly. Mr. Bhika and the Surti Muslim Khalifa society will be informed direct of the outcome.